Why people should be educated about immunization?
Seven days, from April 24 to April 30 annually are dedicated to global acknowledging, celebration and focusing public attention on the importance of vaccines and child and adult immunization. The immunization is the easiest and the most efficient way to provide mass protection of infectious diseases and the only method with a chance to eradicate some diseases completely. Thus, UNICEF, various health, governmental and civil organizations spent these days over viewing results of immunization for the previous year, setting new goals and promoting this healthcare strategy worldwide.
The major policy of WHO implies that all children deserve their right to health, so quality and complete immunization should be available to all, regardless economic, social or cultural obstacles.
Which countries is most effected by viruses ?
Accordingly, this year’s theme is stressing the need to provide immunization to everyone equally. During the celebration, WHO established six goals for future strategies and over viewed some major successes in previous year:
- India has eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus
- rubella has been eliminated in Americas
- some experimental vaccines showed outstanding success
- Nigeria is excluded from the group of countries still suffering from polio
African Vaccination Week 2016 under the slogan – “Close the immunization gap. Stay polio free!”
Following the previous event, Africa dedicates several days to the celebration of immunization “breakthroughs” and milestones in their region. This area is particularly endangered due to poverty, weak medical services, politics and some social influences. This is the sixth manifestation in a raw held during April and May to raise awareness among all countries of this region, educate people, set strategies and goals and call for further efforts to improve overall health service of these nations. Various nations and governments organized their programs of manifestation, and the polio virus eradication was especially under the spotlight.
Ethiopia celebrates the 6th AVW
Joint forces of some government leaders, famous sportsmen and healthcare organizations are organizing manifestation in the country alongside with immunization weeks in order countries of this region. The program is set for May 18 and lasts until May 24, 2016. Various actions are planned to increase awareness, improve education and celebrate all successes in this field made so far. A week long range of events will highlight achievements and call citizens and public community to continue with efforts regarding all applied vaccine regimens and free the country from infectious diseases. The highlight of the manifestation is celebrating the second year in the status of poliovirus-free country.
Benishangul-Gumuz regional state set as a center of national campaign
The major plan is to make sure the country stays on the list of polio-free countries, but also to apply all necessary steps according to the global challenge of eradicating all vaccine preventable diseases by 2020.
According to information given in press release, the campaign will launch in this state and its city Assosa, where state’s president and minister of health, accompanied by WHO and UNICEF officials and representatives of many health organizations will gather.